Thermaltake MaxOrb Heatpipe Cooler: Maximum Orbness

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April 26, 2008 by Lawrence Lee

Thermaltake MaxOrb CL-P036
LGA775 & K8/AM2
CPU Cooler
Street Price
~$50 USD

Thermaltake has a long history with radial-style coolers. Their "Orb" line has had many variants (and colors) over the years, having been made for cooling chipsets, video cards, and processors. For the most part, manufacturers appear to have abandoned the radial design these days. Zalman is an exception, having released the CNPS8700, an updated heatpipe version of their CNPS7700 heatsink last year. Now it's Thermaltake's turn to try and extend the radial heatsink/fan's epoch with the MaxOrb.

The MaxOrb is The Hulk to the CNPS8700's Bruce Banner. It's noticeably larger in every dimension, and sports six heatpipes to Zalman's two. To keep the price and weight down however, Thermaltake has opted for a mainly aluminum construction rather than copper. Does it perform better than the CNPS8700? Is it quiet? If Thermaltake's track record is taken into consideration, the answer to the latter question is no. Thermaltake has not been known for producing quiet products, and thus we eye all their products with a healthy amount of skepticism and suspicion.

The MaxOrb comes in an enormous cardboard box, a Thermaltake trademark these days. It gives them plenty of real estate for marketing copy.

The blister-pack makes the MaxOrb seem to levitate.

Bits & pieces: A univeral mounting frame, backplate for K8/AM2, LGA775 push-pin attachments, and a packet of thermal grease.

Thermaltake MaxOrb CL-P036: Key Features
(from the product web page)
Feature & Brief
Our Comment
6 Independent Channel Heatpipe Cooling More is usually better, but how they are implemented is just as important.
Radial Heat-transfer A popular design now synonymous with Zalman, also used extensively by Thermaltake.
Extreme Silence and Maximum Cooling No other company would describe the low noise their product produces as "extreme." Thermaltake is not known for their silent products.
VR Fan Speed Control Manual control is a welcome feature, but most motherboards are now capable of controlling fans automatically based on CPU temperature.

Thermaltake MaxOrb CL-P036: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Intel Core 2 Extreme (socket LGA775)
Core 2 Quad (socket LGA775)
Core 2 Duo (socket LGA775)
Pentium D (socket LGA775)
Pentium 4 (socket LGA775)
Pentium (socket LGA775)
Celeron D (socket LGA775)
Celeron (socket LGA775)

Athlon 64 FX (Socket AM2/939)
Athlon 64 X2 (Socket AM2/939)
Athlon 64 (Socket AM2/939/754)
Sempron (Socket AM2/754)
143(L) x 144(D) x 95.2(H) mm
Heatsink Material
Copper Base & Aluminum Fin
Copper Tube, 6mm x 6pcs
Fan Dimension
120x120x25 mm
Rated Current 12V
Started Voltage 7V
Power Input 3W
Fan Speed
1300~2000 RPM
Max. Air Flow
86.5 CFM
Max. Air Pressure
2.22mm H20
16~24 dBA
Life Expectation
3 Pin

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